May 10, 2002
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Approximately 2,700 students will receive diplomas at Vanderbilt Universitys graduation exercises Friday, May 10, starting at 9 a.m. on Alumni Lawn, near West End Avenue and 23rd Avenue North. Chancellor Gordon Gee will give the Commencement address to the graduates. The full written text of the Chancellors speech, a release summarizing the highlights and audio from his address will be available shortly after his remarks. An audio report with sound from the speech can be heard on the Vanderbilt radio actuality line by calling (615) 343-NEWS (6397).
To access a copy of the speech and the accompanying sound files on the Internet, go to http://www.vanderbilt.edu/news. For the fifth year, the ceremony will be cybercast live starting at 9 a.m. with a link at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/commencement/webcast.html.
Media Parking: A limited number of parking spaces for print and television photographers will be available in Lot 1, which fronts West End Avenue and 23rd Avenue North (across from Blockbuster Video). Reporters can park at Terrace Place garage, at 21st Avenue South and Terrace Place just off West End Avenue. All media must show valid news identification to park. If it rains, photographers/TV news crews can park at Kensington Garage on 25th Avenue South next to Memorial Gym.
Media Credentials: News photographers who want access to the graduates seating area and the grounds immediately in front of the stage must have media credentials from the Vanderbilt News Service. Credentials can be picked up at Lot 1 between 8 a.m. and 9: 30 a.m. on Commencement day. To request credentials, call Emily Pearce at 322-2706. On Commencement day, call 322-NEWS to reach a member of the News Service. (A mult box will be available stage left.)
Contact: David Glasgow, (615) 322-NEWS